The Diamond of London


The Diamond of London

Written By: Andrea Penrose
Media: Paperback Arc
Genre: Biographical Fiction
Published: January 23rd, 2024
Publisher: Kensington
Rating: 3 Stars

The Diamond of London is a biographical fiction novel about the early life of Lady Hester Stanhope, the fiery descendant of the illustrious Thomas “Diamond” Pitt. Hailing from a long line of political leaders, war heroes and outspoken adventurers, Hester finds herself the possessor of the famous Pitt family passion and caught in a world determined to reign in and control her every move. Follow along as Hester navigates the wills and wiles of the beau monde and political London.

Overall I quite enjoyed this novel by Andrea Penrose. A light, easy read with a slow but methodical pace. I loved how the author captured and portrayed the essence of Lady Hester. It was lovely to experience her struggles, triumphs and journeys filled with the passion we come to expect from the Pitt/Stanhope family.
With that said, my ARC is rife with small grammatical/editorial errors, which is typical for a Kensington book but this one seemed 10x more than usual. Hopefully all will be corrected in the final copy. I was also immensely disappointed that Lady Hester’s later-in-life exploits were summarized into a few small epilogue paragraphs. After briefly reading about how she traveled the world, never went back to Britain and ended up getting what she wanted, I was a little miffed at the first 36 chapters, feeling as if that could have been a ‘Part 1’ with the other, and perhaps arguable more interesting part of her life, in more depth from a ‘Part 2’. Let us hope for a second book!

<!> An enormous Thank You to Andrea Penrose, Kensington Publishers, and Goodreads for allowing me the opportunity to read this title in exchange for my honest review. <!>

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